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Last Call: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

In A Face Like Glass‘s underground city of Caverna, wines can remove memories, cheeses can induce hallucinations, and perfumes can trick a person to trust the wearer in any instance. Odder still, everyone’s face is “as blank as untouched snow.” Facesmiths can teach others expressions, and how to show and fake emotions, but at a price. When a young girl, Neverfell, is able to display emotions as clearly as the most skilled Facesmiths, and always […]


Last Call: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

In Shades of Milk and Honey, Jane Ellsworth lives in an alternate version of Regency England, one where magic is a part of everyday life and any respectable lady is skilled in the manipulation of glamour. The thought-provoking quote above suggests that the presence of passion separates art from technique, which got us thinking about creative burnout. Tell us: How do you stay passionate about your writing (or other creative ventures)? Can you see a […]


Last Call: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

In Blood Red Road, Saba is on a mission to rescue her kidnapped twin brother. The quest takes her across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, complete with dusty dunes, cage-fighting, sand skiffs, revolutionaries, and more. (Seriously, this book could not have more action or a better cast of characters!) The above photo quote sums up Saba’s father’s belief that a man’s fate is written among the stars, but here at PubCrawl, we think it also sums up […]


Last Call: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

In Bel Canto, fifty-eight international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds over one common language: music. Packed with magic realism and omniscient narration, Ann Patchett reveals a profound, shared humanity among the hearts and psyches of her characters. Your turn: Did you ever choose one path instead of another because you thought it was all you were capable of? And because it’s still technically part of our “PubCrawl Survived the Apocalypse” celebration, we’ve got […]


Last Call: A Certain October by Angela Johnson

In A Certain October, a terrible accident leaves Scotty’s life in shambles. She can’t tell what is a dream and what is real. As she attempts to put the pieces of her life back together, it becomes clear that these moments may be defining ones in her life. Your turn: Can you point to a time or event in your life that made you the person you are? Like always, leave your answers below, or share […]